A Major General, who retired 15 years ago, has been granted promotion to the rank of Lt General by the Armed Forces Tribunal here.After the Tribunal order, Maj Gen Devendra Nath Verma, a former Signals officer who retired on September 30, 1995, will “notionally” become a Lt General and would be given all pensionary and financial benefits attached with the promotion.
"Since the petitioner has retired, he may be granted notional promotion to that of a Lt General with effect from October 1, 1995, and the financial consequences that would have accrued to him had he been in service, including that of pensionary benefits," a two-member Bench headed by Tribunal chairperson Justice AK Mathur said.
Demanding quashing of his retirement, Verma had petitioned that service extension of three months given to another officer, Lt Gen PD Bhargava (retd), was stage-managed, which denied him the opportunity for promotion to the rank of Lt General.
Verma also contended that the three-month extension given to Bhargava was not recommended by the Army but was granted suo motu by the Defence Ministry. Agreeing with Verma's contention, the Tribunal said the granting of extension to Bhargava was “totally unjustified and ultra-vires”. — PT
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